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Tibetan language advocate indicted, trial imminent PDF Print E-mail
[18 January 2017] Tashi Wangchuk is facing an imminent trial, following the resubmission of his case to the Yushu Intermediate Peoples Court. Tashi, a Tibetan language advocate, was arrested a year ago after The New York Times featured his work.
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Chinas rule over Tibet highly repressive: Human Rights Watch PDF Print E-mail
[13 January 2017] Respected international NGO Human Rights Watch has published its annual World Report on human rights. The report includes a stinging rebuke of Chinese President Xi Jinping's leadership, stating "the outlook for fundamental human rights... remains dire." The report highlights China's increased limitations on freedoms of expression, religion and assembly throughout 2016, and states Beijing's rule over Tibet remained "highly repressive".
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Family forced to deny self-immolation was political PDF Print E-mail
[11 January 2017] UPDATE: On 8 December 2016, Tashi Rabten self-immolated in Machu town, eastern Tibet. He shouted slogans including freedom for Tibet, before succumbing to his injuries. His family were detained and interrogated after requesting the return of his body. His wife was forced to sign a document claiming the self-immolation was due to domestic problems and not politically-motivated. At least nine other Tibetans have been detained in relation to the self-immolation.
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Human Rights Day: Tibetans, Uyghurs and Chinese in solidarity PDF Print E-mail
[13 December 2016] Tibet Society marked Human Rights Day on 10 December 2016 by holding a solidarity vigil with Tibetan, Uyghur and Chinese activists and supporters. A letter was delivered to 10 Downing Street, followed by a procession from Downing Street to Trafalgar Square, where a vigil was held.
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Human rights overshadowed by trade at UK-China summits PDF Print E-mail
[28 November 2016] Over the past month, two UK-China Dialogues have taken place in London, one on human rights and the other on trade and economics. Unfortunately, the UK placed considerably more significance on the Economic Dialogue, as signified by the presence of the Prime Minister, whilst the Human Rights Dialogue was left to a newly-appointed junior minister.
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Tibet Society briefs Foreign Office prior to UK-China Human Rights Dialogue PDF Print E-mail
[18 November 2016] Prior to the UK-China Human Rights Dialogue held at the end of October, Tibet Society submitted a report on Tibetan political prisoners to the Foreign Office and briefed the new Minister for Asia and the Pacific on human rights issues in Tibet. It is understood many of these issues were raised during the dialogue, though disappointingly no official statement has been made to confirm this.
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